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LCFE Learners’ Work Placement in France

LCFE Learners’ Work Placement in France
Date: 28 Jan 2013

Limerick College of Further Education learners are about to undertake a three week work placement programme in France in February 2013 as part of the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci ‘Mobility’ Programme. Knowledge of European languages and cultures is more imperative than ever in the pursuit of a good career. Extensive research points to studying or training abroad as an excellent route to improving employment opportunities.

Work experience is an integral part of most programmes provided at LCFE. Work experience placements enable learners to develop skills and competencies in their vocational area through periods of work-based training. It also provides access to different working practices and new technologies. Work experience placements abroad provide additional opportunities to enhance language skills and cultural awareness. In an increasingly global marketplace, experience of working overseas can significantly enhance employment prospects.

LCFE is committed to offering its learners such enhanced opportunities and has been involved in sending learners on work placement overseas since 1997. The college is delighted to be once again undertaking the Leonardo da Vinci Programme this year. The programme, one of the EU’s lifelong learning programmes. One of the main aims of the Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme is to support transnational mobility projects for individuals, especially young people, undertaking vocational training. Learners are placed in vocational training establishments abroad. LCFE students will receive grant funding from the Leonardo da Vinci Programme enabling them to travel and live abroad for the period of the work placement.

LCFE works in partnership with similar training institutions in France. The aim of these partnerships is to provide an exchange of services in securing work placements abroad. This year LCFE is delighted to welcome a Retail and Sales Management learner on work placement to Limerick for four weeks from its partner college Lycee De La Salle in Rennes, France. Leonardo funding is available at present to LCFE learners undertaking programmes which include a foreign language element. Learners from programmes in Marketing with a Language and Travel and Tourism Services are taking part in the project this year.

Commenting on the initiative, Cliona O’Kelly, LCFE Deputy Director, said: “The work experience placement abroad will not only enhance these learners’ employment opportunities but will also be a valuable personal experience.” She continued: “LCFE learners are embracing the opportunity wholeheartedly and are excited at the prospect of living independently in France for three weeks. These learners will gain experience in their vocational area in a foreign work environment, experience a foreign culture and, most of all, have lots of fun while doing it!”

Pictured above left to right:
Leonardo Programme Coordinator, Rose Doyle; Leonardo Programme work experience learners - Noel Lynch, Jamie Power, Kevin Bolger, Baptiste Merel (visiting French learner), Jennifer Lucchetti, Molly Bermingham, Ashling Murphy and LCFE Deputy Director, Cliona O’Kelly